Green Industries Program The Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have established a Green Industries Program to promote the use of recycled materials and reduce waste generation within Delaware's business and industrial community.
Creating markets for recycled materials is a critical element of any recycling program. Our Green Industries Program provides incentives to business and industry to use recycled materials in the manufacturing of new products or to collect and process such materials for use by other industries.
Source reduction is the reduction in the quantity and/or toxicity of waste generated within a manufacturing process through the use of innovative engineering solutions, product substitutions, and other measures. Source reduction results in fewer pollutants entering our air, land and water. Incentives for both source reduction and the use of recycled materials are included in this program.
The Green Industries Program targets specific businesses for receipt of financial and technical assistance to further the goals of Governor Castle's Executive Order #82 and Delaware's Pollution Prevention Program. Examples of the various types of companies which could qualify for the program include:
Companies that significantly reduce waste generation in their manufacturing processes on a voluntary basis.
Companies whose raw materials and/or components of production are composed of at least 25% recycled materials or materials removed from Delaware's solid waste stream.
Companies engaged in the processing and/or recycling of materials removed from Delaware's solid waste stream for resale to manufacturers as a raw material or component of production.
Companies engaged in the collection and distribution of recyclable materials which have been generated in Delaware.
Under the Green Industries Program, those companies meeting the requirements contained herein are eligible for technical assistance, special tax incentive and/or financing assistance. Businesses wishing to participate in the program must meet the eligibility requirements contained within at least one of four categories. Eligibility is determined by concurrence of the DNREC and DEDO. The type of financial assistance is dependent upon the business category. Technical assistance will be provided to businesses within any of the four categories.
If you already recycle, but don't buy recycled products you're only recycling half-way. By buying recycled products you fully close the recycling loop, and help create a market for the materials you recycle.
Source: State of Delaware
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